1st trimester ups & downs

Hello!

If you haven’t heard already, Will & are expecting our first little baby in June 2020! We are so beyond thrilled to be starting our family! I’m going to share kind of a look into what the 1st trimester was like for me. I know everyones pregnancy is so different & I experienced a few things I was not expecting at all.

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Let’s start at the beginning.

Will & decided back when we were in Europe that we would start trying to get pregnant in September. So, I took my last birth control pill August 24th & my sister announced her pregnancy on August 25th! If you don’t already know, my sisters & I coach together at our gym & we had always said none of us could have babies within 8 weeks of each other. So, Will & I decide we would wait to start trying until October…wellllllll

We weren’t sure how long it would take us to get pregnant, so we decided I wouldn’t go back on the pill & we would just try to play it safe for September. God had other plans. I was waiting for my cycle to come around in September, not really knowing what to expect since I had been on the pill for over 5 years. September 20th I got a positive pregnancy test. I took it kind of randomly. I really didn’t have any symptoms except that I was about 4 days late. I was shocked & elated!

Here’s a little video of how Will & I found out.

 

We started telling family & a few friends right away! Less than a week after finding out we were pregnant I started experiencing spotting. Nobody close to me that had been pregnant experienced this & Google did not help easy my mind. So, I went to the doctor around week 7. I still remember how nervous I was laying on that table waiting to see if they would find a heartbeat. Low & behold we saw that little heart just flickering away! We were both holding back tears. Everything on the ultrasound looked great & they told me I was only 6 weeks instead of 7. My original due date was May 25, but now it’s June 2.

Here’s what the little peanut looked like at 6 weeks!

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The spotting persisted a few more days after that appointment. So from about week 5-7 I spotted. Very minor cramping here & there. Week 7, the nausea set in. And let me tell you, it was not just in the morning. It was ALL DAY LONG. I was very fortunate not to be throwing up, but the nausea was no joke either. I was barely eating anything. Basically crackers & Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

From week 9-10 I started lightly spotting again. It worried me, but the doctor said not to be concerned. Again, Google was not my friend. Everything I read said that it could be completely normal or I could be miscarrying. Literally everything said that!

Here what Baby Swartz looked like at our 11 week ultrasound!

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Week 11, I had my ultrasound at 10:00 a.m. Everything at the ultrasound went perfectly! The baby looked great. It was moving around like crazy & giving us a little show! The Dr. told me I could finally breathe. I had been kind of holding my breath up until that point waiting to see what might happen & I finally felt relief that morning. Only a few hours later at 3:00 p.m. that relief was replaced with the crippling feeling that my biggest fear was coming true. I began to bleed a massive amount of blood while working. I had no cramping or pain, just blood. I immediately jumped in the car with my mom (perks of working for your family business), called my Dr., & headed to the emergency room. Once we got to the ER they took me back & did blood work, a urine test, regular ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound, & a pelvic exam over the span of about 3 hours. Blood work was great, urine test showed super high pregnancy levels, both ultrasounds & pelvic exam looked perfect, yet they told me I had a 50/50 chance of miscarrying in the next 48 hours.

I was so confused. If everything looked so perfect how could they be telling me that? Basically they had no other explanation for why the bleeding was happening. The more I’ve talked about this, the more women I’ve heard from that had almost identical situations. I headed home just waiting for what I thought was the inevitable to happen. By God’s grace I actually slept that night. I woke up so surprised that I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night with intense pain or more blood. I cannot say GOD IS GOOD enough! As the hours passed the bleeding continued to slow down & had completely stopped within about 40ish hours from the initial bleed.

I was on bedrest from that Wednesday-Friday. I watched A LOT of Disney+! After going back to work on Saturday I had to take it kind of easy for about a week or two. I didn’t do any strenuous activity until the 1st trimester was over.

When I made it that 2nd trimester mark without any more complication we were over the moon! Every time I look down at my growing belly I just feel so blessed. God has been so good & gracious to Will & I. We already love this little baby so much & we can’t wait to meet him or her in June!

Stay tuned for more updates to come!

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2 responses to “1st trimester ups & downs”

  1. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! I can totally understand how scary that can be. I officially found out was pregnant and started spotted like 4 days later. I spotted for two days and on the 3rd morning I had heavy bleeding. I had called my OB when I was spotting and they wanted me to come in for bloodwork to confirm my hcg and progesterone levels. They told me typically with bleeding like mine-that equals a miscarriage. Lucky for you it wasn’t! My levels confirmed a loss, but your story makes me feel hopeful that our next one will stick around! Thanks for sharing!

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